Poems by Tarana Turan Rahimli (Azerbaijan) / Translated from Azerbaijani into English by Sevil Gulten

Poems by Tarana Turan Rahimli (Azerbaijan)
 
 
In this native city, in this strange city
 
I loved the light that didn’t fall into my house,
I loved the ashugh who didn’t play my beloved melody.
I loved each charm calling it my motherland,
In this native city, in this strange city.
 
I was born here, I but couldn’t be its dear one,
I didn’t taste any forbidden piece of bread.
I couldn’t stay inside of myself,
In this native city, in this strange city.
 
Its malice and hatred displayed themselves to me,
Its broken belief, its grief will never come to an end.
In rare cases I was met with friendly terms,
In this native city, in this strange city.
 
Pay attention to the suffocated wishes inside of me,
Look at the writings erased on my forehead-
Dear Qarabagh idles in vain
In this native city, in this strange city.
 
Who disappeared, what things were lost,
Your baby hopes grew older, become over.
All my close relatives became strange,
In this native city, in this strange city.
 
Its arms are opened to others,
It hasn’t time to embrace us.
I can’t find the way leading motherland,
In this native city, in this strange city.
 
 
 
Elegy
 
I became unfading flower, and blossomed,
In the time when entire world was fading.
I looked for a pure love
When the earth and sky were full of grief.
 
I hastened and set my life,
But again I was late for you.
The destiny left me at half-way,
I let the others pass by.
 
I became a light breeze
Filled into the sail taking you from me
I became a remedy to the hand
That had broken my branch.
 
With my butterfly wings
I carried the load of the world.
I mixed my life into the autumn,
Now the fall of leaves began.
 
 
Translated from Azerbaijani into English by Sevil Gulten
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